NC to decide after consultation
By Ram Prasad Dahal
Kathmandu, Oct. 21: Nepali Congress (NC) top leaders Thursday clarified that the party was not against the impeachment motion to be tabled at the Legislature-Parliament against Chief Commissioner of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Lokman Singh Karki.
In the beginning of its Central Working Committee meeting that began Thursday, NC president Sher Bahadur Deuba said that impeachment motion would move ahead as per the parliamentary regulations.
Stating that it was not good to stand for or against the motion, the NC chief said that it would have been better if the motion had been forwarded after consulting with the major parties.
He informed that Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, CPN-UML chairman KP Sharma Oli and he discussed the motion but there was no any formal decision to register it at the parliament.
“Oli proposed the impeachment motion but the PM had expressed his ignorance about it. So, I proposed that it would be better to register the motion after consultation,” NC CWC member Dilendra Badu quoted Deuba as saying in the meeting.
Deputy Prime Minister and NC leader Bimalendra Nidhi said that during the meeting of top leaders held on Wednesday, Prime Minister Prachanda, who is also chairman of the CPN-Maoist Centre, told that he had no idea about the motion.
“However, it is a matter that needs to be pondered over as the Maoist Centre’s leaders and its ministers immediately registered impeachment motion at the Parliament Secretariat,” Badu quoted Nidhi as saying.
However, Nidhi supported the motion.
“The process has started and accusations against Karki will be discussed. It will be concluded. The NC won’t say no to it,” said Nidhi.
In the meeting, leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula, Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat, Mahesh Acharya, Gagan Kumar Thapa, Kalyan Gurung, Ram Krishna Yadav and Bishow Prakash Sharma put forth their views.
Most of the speakers supported the motion.
Sitaula viewed that the NC should support motion forwarded by the ruling Maoist Centre.
He warned that the current coalition would face danger if the NC clashed with the Maoist Centre.
He, however, criticised the party leadership for not brining the motion as an agenda to the meeting.
Earlier, Deuba presented four agendas of the meeting – the constitution amendment, state restructuring, the issues related to the party organisation.
“But, the CWC member discussed about government performance and motion in the meeting even it was not clearly mentioned in the agendas,” said Badu.
According to Badu, most of leaders criticised the party leadership for its failure to appoint office-bearers and form departments.
“The party statute has provisioned that the appointment of office-bearers and formation of department should be made within two month of its general convention,” Badu said.
According to Badu, speakers expressed their dissatisfactions with the leadership for not handing over responsibilities and not consulting party over the national political affairs, and for the poor performance of the NC ministers in the government.
Issuing a statement, the party informed that the meeting would sit at 11 am tomorrow.